Samford University


October 6, 2008

Our Story

In my first months at Samford, a student—a freshman—stopped me on the campus to relate a brief story.  She said that a few days following her first exam in one of her courses, she received a telephone call from the professor in the course.  The professor told her that he had graded her exam, that he knew of her strong academic record in high school, and that he was certain she would be a bit disappointed in her grade on the exam.  However, the professor concluded, there was plenty of time remaining in the semester for her to reach her goals for the class.  He offered suggestions for preparing for future exams.  She said, “That’s one of the great things about Samford.” 


The world is better because of our faculty members.

Our Mission

The mission of Samford University is to nurture persons in their development of intellect, creativity, faith, and personhood. As a Christian university, the community fosters academic, career, and ethical competency while encouraging social and civic responsibility, and service to others.

Our Core Values

The Samford community values lifelong:

  • belief in God, the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.
  • engagement with the life and teachings of Jesus.
  • learning and responsible freedom of inquiry.
  • personal empowerment, accountability, and responsibility.
  • vocational success and civic engagement.
  • spiritual growth and cultivation of physical well-being.
  • integrity, honesty, and justice.
  • appreciation for diverse cultures and convictions.
  • stewardship of all resources.
  • service to God, to family, to one another, and to the community.

Our Vision

Anchored in Christian understanding, Samford University will be a diverse community, stressing vigorous learning and personal faith, in the Baptist tradition. Within that commonality, the Community will be innovative in teaching, learning and research; sensitive to global issues; aggressive in self-assessment and continuous improvement. Faithful to its mission, Samford will be known and acknowledged worldwide by holding to its core values. The world will be better for it.

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